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2011 Bordeaux – this morning’s releases

The words “flurry” and “activity” haven’t exactly been used much so far in the 2011 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign; however it would appear that today is the turning point, as we have had a number of important releases first thing this morning. The biggest names to have released are – at about half the price of […]

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Bordeaux 2011 – New Release: Malescot-St-Exupéry

After the excellent value of yesterday’s release of Pontet-Canet, it seems other properties are following suit, with reductions on their prices that make the wines a far more appealing prospect. Malescot-St-Exupéry was described as “opulently” styled by Robert Parker, giving it 91-93 points. 2011 Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Cru Classé Margaux £369 per case of 12 bottles […]

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Bordeaux 2011: New Release – Château Guiraud

There is little dispute that 2011 is a great vintage for Sauternes and this is evident in the great quality to be found in Château Guiraud. Organic since 1996, the property is currently making itself into a centre for research into organic methodology and different clones of Semillon and Sauvignon-Blanc. In 2011 they lost 40% […]

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Bordeaux 2011: New Release – Pontet Canet

One of the undisputed stars of Pauillac over the last few vintages, Pontet Canet in this vintage has been described by Robert Parker as “of first-growth potential”. Releasing from the Château at a very reasonable price level, we are very pleased to recommend this property in this vintage. 2011 Château Pontet-Canet, Cru Classé Pauillac £366 […]

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Bordeaux 2011 New Releases: Hosanna,La Fleur Petrus & Batailley

It’s certainly not a campaign that’s in a hurry to get underway, but yesterday (not a bank holiday in France) saw the release of the top wines from the Moueix portfolio and also Château Batailley, always a good value purchase for those seeking reliable, classically proportioned claret. The wines of JP Moueix are always of […]

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Bordeaux 2011 New releases: Beychevelle, Tourelles, Mauvesin

Three new releases this morning, including the second wine of Pichon-Longueville, one of the properties that we feel performed very well in this vintage. 2011 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac £240 per case of 12 bottles in bond A blend of 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from the […]

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Bordeaux 2011: du Tertre, Pibran & Fonplégade

After the quiet of the pre-Parker week and the French public holiday, we’re finally out of the starting blocks this morning with three releases that we are pleased to be able to offer in this vintage. Château Pibran was a property that we heard praised by many of the wine professionals who were tasting at […]

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Robert Parker’s 2011 Verdict: Our thoughts

On the 14th of March, before even tasting the 2011 vintage, Robert Parker tweeted: “Heading back to Bordeaux next week to taste 2011. Absolutely no interest in the vintage if my instincts are correct”. With this and other negative press reports around, we were not expecting great things when we visited the regions. After tasting […]

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Bordeaux 2011: Beau-Séjour-Bécot, Doisy Daëne, Ormes de Pez

Today has seen several new releases, including Châteaux Beau-Séjour-Bécot, a wine from St-Emilion that shows exactly why the Right Bank is so well thought of in this vintage, Doisy-Daëne and Ormes de Pez. 2011 Château Doisy-Daëne, Cru Classé Barsac £147 per case of 6 bottles in bond £156 per case of 12 half bottles in […]

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Bordeaux 2011: Suduiraut, Doisy-Vedrines, Sociando-Mallet

After a day of near-silence yesterday, three releases to start today, including Château Suduiraut.  The 2011 vintage is definitely one that has played into the hands of Sauternes and Barsac producers, giving them ideal conditions for the development of the botrytis that gives these wines their distinctive character. Fresh and pure, yet enticingly complex, these […]

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